Oslo Tips from the Locals. A Chat With Kesia and Eirin.
Whenever we visit a new city, we always want to see it from the eyes of the locals to see its true authentic self. That’s why we found a couple of wonderful locals to give you some great Oslo tips.
Meet Kesia and Eirin
These two lovely Norwegian students are from around Oslo, but currently studying in Amsterdam. They always speak of their home so fondly, so we wanted to pick their brains about what is it that they love about the city the most and what you as Oslo newbies should do there.
“Take the ferry from Aker Brygge to Bygdøy to visit Norsk Folkemuseum”
So what should visitors do if they were there for just one day?
Eirin: Well if I were in Oslo for one day I feel like I would see the castle, take the ferry from Aker Brygge to Bygdøy to visit Norsk Folkemuseum (shows how Norwegian people lived from the 1500s onwards). Possibly the Viking ships there too.
“The opera house is inspired by icebergs which gives it a very unique and cool look.”
Which area is your favourite?
Eirin: I really enjoy Aker Brygge in general, it’s the harbour close to the city centre. They often have some day festivals/markets there. Last time I was back home and went there, they had food taste test tents, so we ended up lunching for free! Aker Brygge also has got some nice restaurants or places to hang, such as Olivia, Asia, and the Beer Palace
Kesia: Grünerløkka is a neighbourhood that is really nice – great for vintage shopping and such. Frogner is one of preppier neighbourhoods but also worth seeing.
“The castle and national theatre are both a short walk from the opera house through the main shopping street, Karl Johan.”
What else should people check out in Oslo?
Eirin: Going to see the Oslo opera house is a must. Luckily it is located across the street from the central station. You can walk on the roof of the opera house which is really cool. Definitely go inside the house during opening hours. The opera house is inspired by icebergs which gives it a very unique and cool look. The castle and national theatre are both a short walk from the opera house through the main shopping street, Karl Johan.
Kesia: Other things worth seeing are the Vigeland Park (world’s largest sculpture park by one artist) and the Holmenkollen ski jump.
And when visitors get hungry?
Eirin: One restaurant that could be really cool is Lille Herbern. It’s a restaurant located on an island off the shore at Bygdøy. You take a ferry from Bygdøy to it, but they are only open during the summer season as far as I know.
Any other tips?
Eirin: Oslo is one of the few cities in Norway that’s really great for renting bikes to see more of the city!